Forgive me for speaking of myself for a moment but I feel I need to explain the stall in the project. My resolution for 2017 was to get 6 photographs competed for the project which I knew was ambitious. I didn't know at the time just how ambitious.
To cut a long and painful story short, Alan my husband was made redundant in 2012. He started consulting and we moved the family at my suggestion from Surrey (where I met the inspirational Amanda Hobson Jones who is responsible for raising over a quarter of a million for Breast Cancer Now - 2014 figures!) to Solihull in the West Midlands. The company he was working for split and left us without a salesman in the Midlands. As a result of the drought in work we had to sell our wonderful family home in August 2017. Heartbroken and feeling very bruised, between August and November 2017 we moved the family 12 times around holiday accommodation as we couldn't find a rental home for my husband myself, two girls aged 8 & 11 and our family dog. Despite trying to persuade landlords that the girls were messier than a dog, none seemed to be willing to allow our furry friend.
Don't feel too sorry for us as we are lucky and after selling our home we decided to go on holiday to get our emotions together. Whilst on that holiday I resolved that I didn't want to go back to work, I didn't want to do family photography but of great almost unspeakable importance was this project. The very next day I received an email :
I am the Radio Editor of the West Midlands news outlet iCov and after reading about the Breast Cancer Now Photography Project that you’ve set up, I’d like to request a possible interview from yourself.
Not only would it further promote your project, but it would also raise awareness for the charity ‘Breast Cancer Awareness’.
I’ll explain more if you are okay to be interviewed.
iCov Radio Editor"
The past 12 months has changed my view on life and I now firmly believe there are some paths that are marked out for us. We can choose to ignore them but opportunities will keep presenting themselves if of importance to us and those around us. This is the resulting interview with Jack on Icov
The great news is that I did have a scream out to the Universe at the end of 2017 and within a few hours we had found a suitable rental home and my husband has a permanent role back in the corporate world! Who was it said 'Ask and you shall receive'?!
2018 will be a busy year balancing family and this project but we will get as many done as we are meant to. I will post soon with details of the next photographs but 'Hope' and 'Surrender' will happen this year if that is the higher plan. I need words you associate with your journey with Breast Cancer for inspiration. The aim going forwards is to work slightly differently in that I will post an idea with a proposed date and ask for models. Fingers crossed together we can create some powerful pieces this year.
For "Surrender" we need:
A dancer who has been affected by breast cancer and a partner to lift her (he will not appear in the photograph)
This will take place in October in Ullswater in the Lake District
If anyone has contacts for accommodation please let me know